Council decides on a different location for new playground

Plans for a new playground at Knox Field Park have been put on hold following Port Huron City Council’s decision to reallocate $42,000 in funding to Gratiot Park instead. At Monday night’s city council meeting, council members moved to build a new playground at the park on the north end of town. Mayor Pauline Repp says the Gratiot Park location was recommend by the city’s parks and recreation director, as it was in worse shape than the equipment at Knox Field. The manufacturer of the Playground Equipment offered the city a $32,000 credit due to shipping the wrong colored equipment for a new play structure at Optimist park earlier this year. Repp says an order had to be placed by next week in order to use the credit, otherwise it would have expired. “If it was turned down… then the money goes away, which is foolish,” Repp told WPHM.  About $25,000 in funding for the project is also coming from the St. Clair County Community Foundation in the form of a grant.